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, and in other news from washington tonight president obama nominating senator john kerry to be the next secretary of state with their views on kerry, benghazi, obama's foreign policy. we will be talking with fox his national security analyst k. t. mcfarland, former ambassador john bolton, and today the national rifle association exactly one week after the sandy hook school massacre has come up with a proposal for securing every school in this country, and it is such an obvious solution, so simple it immediately raises the question, why didn't anyone else think of it? well, we begin tonight with the fiscal cliff, justin days from the largest tax hike in american history was no movement toward a fiscal cliff deal more in the action in the house or senate. the responsibility now to avoid massive taxe and draconian spending cuts reting squarely on the prsident. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> just as our economy is really starting to recover and starting to see optimistic signs and we have seen actually some upside to from a whole range of areas, includ
if the senate passes the obama plan to kick the can down the road and protect 98% of americans from having taxes raised, boehner is going to be faced with the question does he bring this up to a vote in the the house and again they rejected the million dollars. and now it is a $250,000 threshold. does he bring it up to the house where democrats would have to provide the votes to put him over the top and do this the same week that his -- he is going to have to face selection of speaker? -- election as speaker? >> the first thing to say that the big plan that the president and speaker boehner were close on would pass the house but speaker boehner won't bring it up. and, of course, if he put this plan, the senate plan, the temporary patch as i call it. >> chris: i'm not sure it would have passed the house. >> i think it would have. the votes are there. a significant number of republicans. >> chris: more in revenue increases than it did in spending cuts. >> there was a little more negotiating to be done but they were close. >> chris: why did boehner dropped out? >> he felt that he wanted to have add
: there is a very interesting political question. if the senate passes the obama plan, just basically kicks the can down the road and to protect 98% of americans from having their taxes raised, boehner is going to be faced with a question, does he bring it up to a vote, in the house, and they've reject -- now it is a $250,000 threshold and, now democrats will have to provide the votes to put him over the top and do it the same week that he will have to face election, as speaker? >> well, i think the first thing to says that the big plan the president and speaker boehner were close on, would pass the house and speaker boehner will not bring it up and if he -- >> i'm not sure it would have passed the house. >> i think it would have. the votes are there. you have -- >> revenue increases, more revenue increases than spending cuts. >> they were close and there was a little more negotiating to be done. >> chris: why did bane e -- boe drop out. >> he wanted added leverage and he asked -- picking up on laura said, the president is acting as if he's in a superior position an hie and he is. this is something
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this situation? >> there's no question it's president obama and senator reid and speaker boehner. speaker boehner is one of the best guys in the republican caucus. there's a lot of good people in the republican caucus, but politically a lot of them are extremely right wing, uncaring or unfeeling about people who need help and need the government programs. you know, they are out there wanting more guards in libya, but they won't pay for more guards in libya. they want -- probably going to want security guns in schools but they won't pay for it. they don't want to pay for any of the things we need. speaker boehner can reach across and have a proposal, the president went to 400,000, i think the president gave too much, at that level get a large number of democrats and a minority of republicans pass it, do the right thing for this nation and then when the debt ceiling comes, which i don't think should be an issue and i know it will, that's when he can be tough guy and john wayne. john boehner has the country's interest at heart i think. >> if we do go over the cliff we'll see 2 million people lose un
who faked a ♪ >> a memorial service was held in hawaii today for the late senator daniel inouye. president obama and the first lady who were spending the holidays in hawaii attended the service. he died monday. >> there is just nine days until the country reaches that so-called fiscal cliff. tonight, at least one senator says after this week he's not feeling to optimistic. appearing on "the state of the union" joseph lieberman says it will be irresponsible if lawmakers are not able to get a deal done. >> i feel it is more likely that we will go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen it will be the most consequential act of congressional irrespent in a long time. >> he also said that he believes lawmakers will be trying to work out deals until the last second. >> two people are in custody after they faked a hostage situation and got into a shootout with police in california. this happened late last night. police tried to pull over a s.u.v. for speeding but the driver kept going. a man and woman ditched their vehicle and ran. swat me
thing ironed out. i think kerry reid and the senate and obama, because the democrats in the senate are doing his bidding, that is where the real obstacles to getting something done. >> there was a perception created that the vote last night would increase taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization. but that impression is out there. the number of our members who just really didn't want to be perceived as having to raise taxes. that was the real issue. gerri: in some ways he was talking about grover norquist. the man it is about this tax pledge where is the common ground there? >> the reason that we have a plan be now is because the houses are devoted to pass all of the bills. gerri: but how do you find common ground thee? them and that's what the speaker was trying to do. he was talking about the race there now. as you saw, the president and the house, where we go from here, we need republicans who are serious about cutting the size of government and decide they're going to do something to that ball forward. republicans need to use their leverage in those battles. gerri: it's
obama remembering senator daniel inouye on friday. a rare moment in washington where democrats and republicans came together. that american hero. we'll talk about the rest of the week's politicians on our roundtable joined by peggy noonan of "the wall street journal," mayor cory booker of newark, abc's political analyst matthew dowd, also grover norquist, also an nra board member and katrina vanden heuvel, publisher and editor of "the nation," and you also write a weekly column for washingtonpost.com. you have a blow-by-blow account of how the speaker's plan collapsed after the president's plan collapsed, as well. in your view what went wrong? it seems like there were so many wrong turns and an absolute collapse. >> yeah, it has been a bit of a debacle, i think you can say. i think the speaker has been in an impossible situation, and i think that he tried to put forward a plan that just might save things a little, and it didn't work. i do think part of the story, which doesn't get enough attention from folks like us, is that the president has been a little michael corleone towa
was served at dinner, what michelle obama were, who was there and what was senator so-and-so really like? what obama said to you when he shook her hand and what about that spoon that fell onto your jacket? today we pick up the cell and call someone and we have lost the more we tax someone and we don't describe the ambience, the music. we will say a obama obama cool or senator so-and-so. 200 years ago bibas it down and composed several lengthy letters that provided the nuance, the context. we know what the weather was uncertain days during george's life because he took notice of the weather. we know how many hoc said head of cattle he slaughtered on a particular day. he bortell down. today we are losing all that and the internet provides a great way for all of us to do our research. the internet provides a way of connecting people but also with all the new technology we could be losing a lot so historians and another 100 years are going to have a rough time. today we seem to be extra cognizant of the impact of the damning letter. i think historically to some extent also, one thing george
is asking for the vacancy to be filled before the end of the year. he served in the senate more than 50 years. he died on monday at the age of 88. >>> president obama will attend a memorial service for the late senator tomorrow. he's in hawaii with the rest of the first family for their annual holiday trip. they arrived early this morning. they're expected to spend christmas on the island. the president kicked off his vacation with a round of golf this afternoon. >>> aides say it will be a short vacation, though, for the president. he's expected to return to washington right after christmas to work on a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. last night the president urged lawmakers to use their time off to think about a solution. he recently called for a smaller deal that would extend unemployment and prevent tax hikes on the middle class. the fiscal cliff deadline is jab 1st. if no deal is reach by then, income taxes will go up for everyone. >>> it appears that former president george h.w. bush may not make it home from the hospital in time for christmas. the statement released toni
years in the senate. harry reid has not been able to produce a budget and the budget president obama recommended last year or two years ago when to the democratic senate and went down in flames 99-1. his own party can't agree on a simple budget. >> what is reed's role? >> i think reid's role is to protect the president, which i think is foolish. when boehner was trying to get the votes for the compromise bill last week, and we saw that strange business where harry reid was coming out and we knew president obama said he wasn't going to support it, then harry reid saying we're not going to take this bill up. it wasn't even going to get president obama. the only thing i can see is that harry reid is trying to protect the president, which if you look through history, parties protecting their president in a second term usually pay a very heavy price in second admit terms. i don't think -- midterms. i don't think this is be different harry reid protects him from hard decisions. >> got leave it there. take care. >> chris wallace will be here for more on the fiscal cliff and we'll hear from
obama's administration, a discipline not right for the senate to just block nominations and never vote on them. but that has become part of the routine obstructure. i do not think robert byrd would have put up with that. that is a change. there is a story that illustrates so much of what david said about byrd being a complex figure. senator byrd was extremely complex. he is a very proud man. he was very sure and how he wanted to be treated. he had this relationship with carter. they worked together on a lot of things. that relationship was torn the night of the hostage rescue mission. senator byrd was in the white house that night at the oval office of carter. carter outlined the idea of the mission without telling byrd. that was such a betrayal, it was simply a horrible mistake by carter to have not told senator byrd, who had done so much for him. that tore the relationship. >> byrd worked so hard for carter and for carter not to tell him, you're absolutely right. he went through 12 different military scenarios, and that was one. the next day he was furious internally. but his public
. >>> president obama and members of the senate will gather later today to say good-bye to one of their own. senator daniel inouye who served. he died last week of respiratory complications. he was 88. senate majority leader has called on abercrombie to appoint a successor before the end of the year. >>> ted kennedy jr., son of
to turn the country around. >> president obama urged congress to get a deal done when they returned from christmas break. president obama was among the dignitaries that attended the memorial service for the senator. the world war ii was the first japanese-american elected to both houses of congress, serving hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. former president bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital. the 88-year-old former president has been hospitalized since november undergoing treatment for bronchitis. doctors are opportunistic he will make a full recovery. they said today he still needs to build up strength before they can release him. no discharge date has been set . >> it looks like the weather will be active as we head into the holiday week. just a few scattered clouds right now. when we turn the corner toward christmas, that will change. it is dry right now at the airport. there is a chance we could see light rain or snow during the day on monday, christmas eve. it should be drawn on christmas day. a bigger st
, they recuperated in michigan and later served in the senate together, bob dole walked up to the casket and lifted his left hand, his right hand was badly damage and saluted. a poignant moment. president obama at the washington cathedral, it was his really earliest political inspiration. both the president and senate majority leader reflecting on daniel inouye both a long time legislator but two days they will be getting back to work on the fiscal cliff. >> heather: the difficult job of reporting from hawaii, thank you so much, ed. >> gregg: the mother of john hammer telling her son is now in a louisiana hospital. he was released from a mexican prison last week after months behind bars. mexican authorities arrested him after he carried an antique shotgun into their country, even though he says he legally declared the weapon and had a permit for it. today his dad reportedly brought him to the emergency room during their drive back together to florida. his family reported he had a stomach flu of some sort. earlier his mother was clearly relieved to hear that her son was on american soil. >> it was l
obama's presidency. it is utterly impossible for me to conceive of senate leaders that i grew up with being as different as it can be from howard baker or any of the great leaders. i think it is contrary to the way that the senate worked when it worked at its best. the senate is supposed to be the national media aretor. that is a place where the parties come together and reconcile and not inflame differences. it does not work that way at all in the past -- in a long period of time. the frustration i have the senator mcconnell is number one, he deepened the problem. he has driven the senate to a much lower poiny. -- point. number two, he knows better than that. if you read an interview he did with politico, he said that he rises above partisan as hiism. he mentioned his role model is senator john sherman cooper, a great republican senator. he knows what you are supposed to do in the senate, but it was simply a conscious strategy not to do it. i think that is a real problem. it has injured the senate. it is damaged the country. assuming we have a deeply divided country and a very p
will on the history of religion and politics which and then james taylor monday night on c-span. >> hawaii senator daniel inouye i'd monday at the age of 88. he served for than 33 years as senator. a memorial service was held friday with president obama among the speakers and his funeral will be tomorrow in hawaii. his colleagues paid him tribute on the senate floor tuesday. this is about an hour. >> mr. president, i would just first say that my friend chairman of the ju dish yare committee has been honored to receive one of the senate's highest honors of the senate and icon grat late him on. that and i join with him in expressing my sadness over the passing of senator daniel inouye. he came to this government 60 years ago in the legislature hawaii. he came to congress when hawaii became a state in 1959, to the snalt in 63, second nonl service to robertbird. this is a seers man, a solid man, a patriot and one who always had a good spirit about whow he conducted his affairs and how rerelated to other members of the senate and to his constituents and to the american people. he served in the most vio
sparked concern. >>> president obama and members of the senate will gather later today to say good-bye to one of their own. senator daniel inouye who represented hawaii in statehood. he was 8. senate majority leader senator harry reid has called on neil abercrombie to quickly appoint a successor before the end of the year. >>> ted kennedy jr., son of the late edward kennedy is considering a run for john kerry's senate seat, according to his brother former congressman patrick kennedy. "boston globe" reports that ted reached out to family members, friends and prominent democrats including john kerry about the possible run. he will likely faceoff against former senator scott brown who lost his seat to elizabeth warren in the november elections. those are your top stories. "reliable sources" at the top of the hour. now back to fareed zakaria "gps." >>> what would you dine a recession the fatd of a million jobs rested with you and just a few of us. nearly four years ago that was the question facing steve rattner a former fund on the newly formed auto task force. early 2009 the dow jones
or not the country is going over the fiscal cliff. the senate will reconvene, it is on xenlg actual reconvene september 27th that is on thursday. and i think the expectation is that at some point, president obama would go back to washington, especially if there's this possibility that the country goes off of the fiscal cliff. he wouldn't obviously want to be here in hawaii when that happens, miguel. >> just sounds like it is a very complicated game of chicken. the president is attending a very somber event today. the body of hawaii senator daniel inouye is being interred. what can you say about the ceremony? >> reporter: this is the national cemetery of the pacific, referred here in honolulu as the punch bowl. this is a cemetery where a number of people who daniel inouye would have gone to school with here when he was in hawaii have been buried who served here. mostly, it would be soldiers buried here who served in the asia-pacific theater. as you know, senator inouyer is informed europe, where he was wounded and obviously, his amazing story of bravery during world war ii happened but he is b
, carried out the raid that killed osama bin laden. president obama and other dignitaries gathered to remember senator daniel inouye in hawaii. he was buried in honolulu. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress and the second longest serving senator in u.s. history. inouye represented the state of hawaii for nearly 50 years. the the 88-year-old died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> lawmakers are losing hope that a comprehensive deal to avoided fiscal cliff can be reached by the end of year. many are pushing for a patchwork measure. a broader plan to better balance taxes and cut spending would be discussed in the new year. congress is on break for christmas. they'll only have a few days to get any type of deal done when they return after the holiday. >>> mitt romney's sontagg says his father, quote, wanted to be less than anyone he's het in his life. he made those comments "the boston globe." tagg romney said his father had no desire to become president and would have stepped aside if he had someone to take his place. he described his fathe
that president obama wants us to go over the cliff. i have to say up until last thursday when the senate -- the house voted on plan b, the boehner plan, i thought this was all jockeying and maneuvering for position. but when they defeated the plan, house republicans did, to increase on taxes only on people making $1 million a year i suddenly thought we may go over the cliff. one of the interesting things to see is the markets. this could be a situation where the markets basically force washington to do something by taking a real hit this week. we will see. >> and senator kent conrad of a different opinion? >> his feeling the obama plan, the president on friday before going to hawaii offered a paired down plan. an increase of taxes on people making over $250,000. and extent unemployment benefits and kick the can down the road on everything else. he said he thinks we can do better than that and should do better than that. he is proposing basically to split the difference from where obama and boehner were before plan b. basically get about $2.5 trillion in deficit reduction. i don't know if
reducing deal really are lost. it's now a small deal, they expect it out of the senate probably later this week. >> david kerley reporting from washington tonight. thank you. >>> president obama attended the burial today of daniel inouhe. it was a 19-gun salute when the senator's coffin arrived at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress, the second longest serving senator in american history. he was 88 years old. >> the other big story we're following tonight, with a third of all americans traveling for the holidays, meteorologists are worried about the nightmare after christmas. two new storms are moving in. we'll get the forecast in i minute, but first the mess the weather is already creating. >> reporter: it's the christmas trip turned nightmare for drivers on the east and west coast. in northern california with more snow expected to blanket the sierra mountains tonight, cars are having trouble just staying on the road. >> the roads are bad. there's a lot of spinouts further east. there's going to be chain
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humiliated however, hillary clinton and president obama are on their own. >> jon: and you had questions, judy, whether secretary clinton questions about this. >> this is the amazing thing about the press conference on friday, that the republican senators had because they suggested that she hadn't even sat down and talked to the men who were leading the panel that she created. if that's true, that is truly an astonishing omission and i don't think she is going to be able to escape responsibility for it. she's already claimed responsibility, but i think that questions are going to be continue to be asked what she knew when. it's not good enough. you're not going to be able to get away with saying this is just an assistant secretary problem. it's not. >> jon: those three republican senators came out in that news conference and said there are questions here that need to be answered about the president and his policies and suggesting that secretary clinton needs to answer those questions as well. are the press -- are the press answering and-- >> we talk about this a lot here. the press overall hav
family arrived in hawaii for their holiday vacation. mr.and mrs. obama are expected to atent the funeral service tomorrow for late senator daniel inouye. before getting out of the public's eye for the holidays, mrs. obama joined her husband to wish a merry christmas. >> after a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. across america, military families are reunited. let's give thanks for our men and women and let's give a special prayer to those in afghanistan, risking their lives. >> this is the fifth first family christmas in hawaii since president obama was elected. >>> bringing holiday cheer to people who need it the most. >> and you heard of 3d tv but how about 3d printer? how one group is using the device to create weapons at home.  >>> this is the kind of story we love to tell during the holiday season. paying it forward to people who could use a little bit of help. >> that's what happened to a virginia student who is working as a waitress to pay for the holiday season. >> here is what happened during one of her shift. >> reporter: they came, they aid an
, abc news, the white house. >> president obama is expected to attend the late senator's funeral in hawaii today. a public visitation was held yesterday in honolulu. casket carrying the 88-year-old veteran arrived there yesterday. the senator lost an arm in world war two and was the first japanese american elected to the senate. he died on monday. his body lay in state at the capitol in washington for two days. >> up next, they answer the call to the holiday teeth troop. the made in america treat that's now filling cookie jars around the world. and a live look from the camera in san rafael where they are experiencing light rain, about 50 degrees. lisa will tell us whether that's going to last or get stronger. she has your >> welcome back, everyone. it's 6:49. he are showing you live doppler 7hd. the red and the yellow are the hotspots bearing the brunt of the rain right now. you see santa rosa, cloverdale and further north heelsburg getting really slammed this morning. you can track the storms when ever, wherever this weekend by going to our website, abc7news.com to see leave dop
house. >> president obama is expected to attend the late senator danielle enowa's funeral in hawaii today. a public presentation was yesterday in hon allow lou. the casket carrying the 88-year-old veteran arrived there yesterday. he lost an arm in world war two and was the first japanese american elected to the senate. he died on monday and his body lay in state in washington for two days. >> did you see this? i did. one wheel of fortune spinner seemed to get it all, all the right letters and answers to the clues. but there was something about the way she said it that the show's producers did not like. abc has the story. >> she was on a roll. >> yeah! >>. >> twelve days of christmas. one thing swimin. they are swimming with the g. one lift letter cost her nearly $4,000. and was she robbed? this couple on the money talk guest post it before the work man. wrong! they lost $800,000. and screams. fox admitted the error and offered them another shot. >> season one of abc's who wants to be a millionaire. this guy guessed wrong what is the second biggest lake. and they sid he guessed wrong
. you can catch it here on nbc 4. >>> and president obama and the first lady will join others in saying good-bye to the senator. he fought in world war ii and was awarded the medal. he became the first japanese to become elected to the senate, and he was 88 years old. it will be a short holiday trip for the president, and he will return to washington after christmas to deal with the dooming fiscal cliff. president obama said the break is good for lawmakers to think about a possible solution and he suggested a smaller deal that would just extend unemployment benefits and prevent middle class tax hikes. if no deal is reached by january 1st, everybody's taxes go up and there will be severe cuts to the federal budget. >> and mark sanford said he is considering running for the seat he once held in congress. he was a two-term governor that got international attention when he went missing in 2009, and he originally said he was hiking the appalachian trail, but he was visiting his mistress in argentina. sanford's now ex-wife, jenny, says she is considering a run for that seat. >>> and police sa
with those. >>> good morning to you. president obama will attend the funeral in hawaii for senator daniel inouye. they have been paying tribute to the late senator. the 88-year-old died monday of respiratory complications. harry reid is asking hawaii's governor to appoint a successor before the end of the year. his death leaves the democrats down one seat in the senate. >>> egypt appears to have its new constitution. the final official count won't be known until monday. both sides say the islamic-backed constitution will pass. the nation is still divided over the pass it gives president morsi. only about one-third of the voters turned out at the polls >>> newtown, connecticut, while still in mourning over the deadly school shooting is being flooded with gifts from across the country, from people expressing their grief. social workers say while they are so grateful for the donations, including about 60,000 teddy bears, it is much more than the town can handle. they are suggesting that people do charitable work or make a donation in the victim's name. >> more than $2.6 million have been att
of the house of representatives and the senate. republicans and democrats. we really enjoyed strong bipartisan support. we would've had zero impact without them. early on, the treasury under bush and again under obama -- they made it clear that they were not going to necessarily take us all that seriously. we weren't going to be following through on a lot of recommendations. but that changed when we were able to get some allies and oversight minded senators and members of the house of representatives. starting to use extra pressure on them, not to be responded to. we have a pretty good relationship. even more so with the administration that took hold. often they would be taking positions on supporting us on oversight issues are to put them in conflict with a democratic president. again, i think it's bulls were there about standing up for the taxpayer. so we had a pretty good relationship with congress. >> host: did dodd-frank bring in rein in some of the excess is a soft? >> guest: i think some of the excesses. there were some good things in dodd-frank, like the consumer protection bill, which
his death as a possible suicide. he was 42 years old. >>> and in hawaii today, president obama and first lady michelle obama attended a memorial service for one of the president's personal heroes, senator daniel inouye passed away monday after nearly 50 years in congress and serving our nation in world war ii. >>> still ahead as we continue on nbc nightly news, the new warnings from the feds about who's tracking your kids on all those mobile devices, sometimes collecting personal information without their knowledge. >>> and later, they are on track to make a big difference for a lot of kids this christmas. [ male announcer ] introducing centrum flavor burst adult multivitamins... a delicious new way to get essential vitamins you need. just bite into the tasty shell... to a chewy vitamin core collecting personal information new centrum flavor burst. an intense burning sensation i woke up with this horrible rash on my right side. like somebody had set it on fire. and the doctor said, cindie, you have shingles. he said, you had chickenpox when you were a little girl... i said, yes
, they came together for a somber recollection of a man who represented an era long gone. president obama delivered the eulogy remembering the senator's key role in the investigation of the watergate scandal. >> as i watched those hearings watching him ask those piercing questions night after night, i learned how our democracy was supposed to work. our government of and by and for the people. we have a system of government where nobody is above the law. where we have an obligation to hold each other accountable. >> president obama was not only honoring a public servant who inspired him personally, but paying homage to a past or a functional one. a past that is a flash in the rear-view mirror of this congress because this is the congress of today. >> as you know, the house did not take up the tax bill last night because we didn't have the votes to pass it. it's not the outcome that i wanted. that was the will of the house. >> it was the will of the house to do nothing? on thursday night, the members of the elected house of representatives decided it would you describe not their will to tak
biden. gentlemen, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to meeting with senate majority leader harry reid. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner, and i also met with senator reid. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class americans, protects unemployed for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. once this legislation's agreed to, i expect democrats and republicans to get back to washington and have it pass both chambers. >> jared bernstein, is this actually a setback for the president insofar as the embarrassed speaker was someone at least with whom he was dealing and now the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i don't think so. i do think in a way it's a setback for the nation because the president and speaker boehner were actually moving to a credible, plausible compromise at the very beginning of the week. and, of course, that's horribly off track now when john boehner de
approaches than president obama? >> by you on whether senator kerry not be based on differences on views. we had differences going back to 1991. i think senator kerry was good in libya. i think he should have had a much more vigorous stance toward syria. >> could you comment on the actions of the house yesterday? >> i would like to see the president get off the campaign trail and sit down the leaders of the house and senate. the american people deserve us to work all together and prevent this cliff. this is already upsetting the markets, understandably, and i think it is time to stop the rhetoric and step together the way ronald reagan and tip o'neill did, the way clinton did with bob dole, and newt gingrich. there is a long history of this. it means people getting into a room and preventing what we all want to prevent, and if we share the same goal, there should be a way for us to reach it. i am sorry that the house yesterday was unable to pass that the resolution, which was obviously a rebuke to their leader, but hopefully over their recess, when the come back after christmas, there will b
action by the senate to avert these tax increases go into effect january 1. impact do you think pretty of the bipartisan grand bargain that you could check with president obama could have on [inaudible] >> at some point we have to address the spending problem we to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many believe on both sides of the aisle at the fundamental reform of our tax code will help get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americans with tax credit. how we get there, i do not know. all i know that we are committed to working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle, both sides of the capital and white house, to address this. were concerned about losing the speakership. night, if you're not concerned, should you be? >> no, i am not. you have all heard me say this. i have told my colleagues. if you do the right things every day for the right reasons, the right things will happen. while we have not been able to the tax increases, i do not that out on me. they are dealing with a perception that somebody might accuse them of raising tax
? >> by all appearances, it was a status quo election. returning us to the division of power, obama and the white house, democrats in control of the senate and republicans in the house. but appearances can be deceiving and in this case they are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama, almost like the parliamentary party, was not rewarding and taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded. calling the obama health care plan, which was their own only a few years earlier, socialism was not reported. that means they have to begin to rethink themselves and importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition, so i think that was an important change that creates a new dynamic, not that it's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the camp liar and washington making nice to one another, but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a successful effort to deal with our most pressing problems. >> two familiar washington faces, thomas mann
. >> good morning. >> representative frost, we heard senator barroso there. does president obama want to go over the cliff? >> no, i don't believe that at all, alex. i've talked to people at a high level of the white house. they are concerned the effect this could have on the stock market, on our economy generally as well as the world markets. they don't want to go over the cliff. they've made a reasonable offer. they've moved to $400,000 as a cutoff, let everybody under that amount have their tax cuts. i feel sorry for speaker boehner who couldn't deliver his own party. if he'd been able to do that, at least somebody would have headed over to the senate and there could have been action. senate has to originate something. up to mitch mcconnell and harry reid to figure out something, send it back to the republicans in the house and hope enough will join democrat and vote for it. >> given the reasons for which mr. boehner was unable to deliver his own caucus in the house, do you think anybody could? >> i don't know that anybody -- tom would be a better authority on that as having been in the
with the obama administration's approach? >> i am for more sanctions in iran. we ought to keep the pressure on them. >> in what is your relationship like with your counterpart on the house foreign relations committee and in the senate? have you propose moving forward on issues -- how do you propose moving forward on issues? >> i think we will work together. i am looking forward to working with ed royce, the new chairman in-house. >> how do you plan to use your post? >> foreign-policy should be bipartisan. i am a strong supporter of israel. i am a strong supporter of u.s. involvement around the world. -- u.n. involvement around the world. >> two minutes left. >> the house foreign affairs committee over the last year was consumed by infighting. most of their legislation never was signed by the president. how do you plan to bring this committee back to a position of relevance and importance? reaches someone who across the aisle. i think we will find common ground. what i've taken trips across two different countries, have found that the differences between democrats and republicans are really
sister. >>> now, to other news, president obama is in hawaii for the holidays and today he'll help celebrate the life of the late senator daniel inouye. he is scheduled to attend the funeral for the pacific in honolulu. the senator passed away last weekend at the age of 88. the president spoke at the memorial service in washington on friday. >>> in new orleans, a federal judge has given final approval to bp settlement with gulf coast businesses and residents. bp will pay at least $7.8 billion in compensation to settle claims from the deep water horizon disaster in 2010. there is no cap on the settlement except for those claims from those in the sea food industry, so, the final bill could still be much higher. thousands of people made claims from texas to florida. >>> moving overseas to a deadly cold snap in the ukraine. hundreds more have been treated for hypothermia and frost bite. the government has set up thousands of heating centers to help people deal with the extreme cold. the temperatures there have dropped down to just one degree fahrenheit, far below the average for this t
was to overturn obama care. and scott will be the first black senator from the south since reconstruction. the first black republican senator since edward brookes of massachusetts lost the re-election bid in 1978, and the only black senator currently serving. tim scott will be the seventh black senator in the nation's history and on three occasions have african-americaning been elected to the upper chamber. only one time has a blaek senator been both elected and re-elected. the governor is aware and she sounded self-conscious about the governor reerting an eastern american. >> it is very important to me as a minority female that congressman scott earned this seat. he earned this seat for the person that he is. he earned this seat for the results that he has shown. he earned this seat for what i know he's going to do in making south carolina and making our country proud. >> right now i want to bring in atlanta's democratic mayor, founder and president of the center for social inclusion a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting social and economic inequality. and kevin alexander grey.
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